August 29, 2007
Crowley barge gets Green Passport
Lloyd's Register North America, Inc. has issued a Green Passport to the Crowley Petroleum Services barge 650-3 that was recently christened in Mobile, Alabama, for entry into the company's U.S. coastwise service.
Guidelines on Ship Recycling issued by IMO in 2003 introduced the concept of the Green Passport, which is essentially an inventory of materials present in a ship's structure, systems, and equipment that may be hazardous to health or the environment.
With environmental issues a priority in the minds of port authorities and governments, obtaining a Green Passport is one way in which shipowners can demonstrate a proactive stance on ensuring safety and preserving the environment.
The Green Passport for the 650-3 is among the first to be issued to a vessel in the U.S. fleet. The Green Passport is also the first to be issued to a tank barge by Lloyd's Register in North America.
"We enrolled the barge 650-3 in the Green Passport program to demonstrate Crowley's core value of safety; specifically, the company's commitment to safeguarding the environment and recognizing potential hazards," says Captain Victor Goldberg, Vice President of Operations for Crowley Petroleum Services. "The Green Passport ensures that the vessel will carry a history of the materials that were used in its construction and subsequent operations throughout its working life."
"Lloyd's Register is pleased to work with diligent shipowners to ensure their vessels remain safe for the environment and for human life," says Rick Ferraro, Business Development Manager for Lloyd's Register North America and Account Manager for Crowley. "We applaud Crowley for its decision to obtain the Green Passport for the barge 650-3 and look forward to being part of its ongoing commitment to the safety of human life and good environmental stewardship. Through such actions, the company clearly demonstrates that protection and conservation of the environment are high priorities in managing its business."
The Green Passport is a historical record of the materials onboard a vessel that may be hazardous to human health or to the environment and is an valuable tool for developing a hazard management strategy and assessing liability from shipbuilding to ship breaking.
One of the biggest advantages of the Green Passport is improving safety in operations, by ensuring that the vessel's crew are aware of the potentially hazardous materials onboard and that proper attention is paid to hazard and safety management systems. The Green Passport is regularly updated and maintained and is eventually passed by the owner to the ship recycling yard at the end of the ship's life, to enable the yard to formulate a safe and environmentally sound way of breaking the ship.